WBEZ | torture http://www.wbez.org/tags/torture Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Psychologists and the U.S. interrogation program http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-17/psychologists-and-us-interrogation-program-112418 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/torture.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215178229&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Report finds psychologists and APA colluded with CIA and DOD</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">A 542 page report examining the involvement of psychologists in the Bush administration&rsquo;s interrogation programs (which included the use of torture) and their professional organization, the American Psychological Association, found that senior staff of the organization colluded with the CIA and the Pentagon and that psychologists were complicit and helped provide justification for the use of torture. The report found, among other things, that the APA &ldquo;prioritized the protection of psychologists &mdash; even those who might have engaged in unethical behavior &mdash; above the protection of the public.&rdquo; The report raises many questions about the collaboration between the APA psychologists and the CIA and the Pentagon. The investigation was conducted at the request of the APA. Since the findings were published, the APA has announced several policy changes it plans to take in response and its current chief executive has also retired.&nbsp; Steven Reisner, a psychologist and founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and member of the APA Council of Representatives discusses the investigation.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Steven Reisner is a psychologist and foun</span></em><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">ding&nbsp;</span></em><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">member of the APA Council of Representatives.</span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215178438&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Woody Allen&#39;s &#39;Irrational Man&#39; and &#39;Tangerine&#39;</span></font></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Film contributor Milos Stehlik joins us to discuss two new films, <em>Irrational Man</em> and <em>Tangerine</em>.&nbsp; <em>Irrational Man</em> is Woody Allen&rsquo;s latest film, it stars Joaquin Phoenix as a tormented philosophy professor who gets involved with two different women. <em>Tangerine</em> tells the story of the friendship of&nbsp; two African American transgender prostitutes named Alexandra and Sin De.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Milos Stehlik is the director of <a href="http://www.facets.org/">Facets Multimedia.</a></span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215178866&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Weekend Passport: Healing through music</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Every week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we&rsquo;ll tell you about an event that uses music to help the survivors of torture. It&#39;s called Musicians Against Torture. The <a href="http://action.heartlandalliance.org/site/Calendar?id=106021&amp;view=Detail&amp;_ga=1.251677833.1421379006.1432062480">event</a> takes place F</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">riday July 24th from &nbsp;7-8:30pm at the&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">PianoForte Foundation.</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Nari Safavi is one of the founders of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange.</span></em></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Dan Armstrong&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra bass section.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Judith Weinstein is Associate Director of Development for the <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/kovler/?referrer=https://www.google.com/">Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center.</a></span></em></p></p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-17/psychologists-and-us-interrogation-program-112418 Burge torture survivor speaks: "I faced my demon" http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/burge-torture-survivor-speaks-i-faced-my-demon-111939 <p><p>Last week Anthony Holmes testified before Chicago&#39;s City Council Finance Committee.</p><p>Holmes spoke in detail about being tortured by Former Police Commander Jon Burge in the 1970s. As part of our StoryCorps series, Holmes sat down with attorney Joey Mogul at the People&#39;s Law Office in Chicago, to relive his experience with Burge.</p><p><em>Andre Perez helped produce this story</em></p><hr /><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7285_StoryCorps%20booth%20%282%29-scr_13.JPG" style="height: 120px; width: 180px; float: left;" title="" /></p><p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;margin-top:23px;"><a href="http://storycorps.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">StoryCorps</a>&rsquo; mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. This excerpt was edited by WBEZ.</em></p></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/burge-torture-survivor-speaks-i-faced-my-demon-111939 Senate releases report on CIA torture http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-09/senate-releases-report-cia-torture-111208 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP582831822547.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA&#39;s use of torture found the use of &quot;enhanced interrogation techniques&quot; did not get detainees to provide critical information. We&#39;ll discuss the report with Katherine Hawkins. Her organization had advocated for the report&#39;s release.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-disappearances-in-colombia/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-disappearances-in-colombia.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-disappearances-in-colombia" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Senate releases report on CIA torture" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-09/senate-releases-report-cia-torture-111208 Attack on synagogue in Jerusalem http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-18/attack-synagogue-jerusalem-111117 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP429120846110.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Three Israeli-Americans and one British Israeli rabbi were killed in an attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The BBC&#39;s Kevin Connolly reports from Jerusalem.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-27/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-27.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-27" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Attack on synagogue in Jerusalem" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-18/attack-synagogue-jerusalem-111117 Torture and theater: Peas in a pod http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/torture-and-theater-peas-pod-99194 <p><p>Torture and theater always have gotten along like two peas in a pod. Take miracle plays, for example, the plays from the High Middle Ages that portray the lives of early Christian saints, with particular emphasis on the gruesome splendors of their martyrdoms. If a saint was skinned alive or spit-roasted over charcoal or vivisected, it gave the Medieval Special Effects Department a chance to shine, and the peasants loved it. From Jesus on down, where would Christianity be without torture?</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5.%20Martyrdom%20of%20St.%20Apollonia.JPG" style="height: 402px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="The martyrdom of St. Apollonia"></div><p>Shakespeare didn't shy away from torture, either. Just consider old Gloucester having his eyes gouged out in <em>King Lear</em> or Richard II enjoying life in a cesspool—literally—or Lavinia being raped and maimed in <em>Titus Andronicus</em>. And Shakespeare showed tasteful restraint compared to some of his Elizabethan and Jacobean contemporaries.</p><p>For these early dramatic authors, there was absolutely no moral ambiguity about torture, which was legal, accepted and understood as something the powerful could and would use if they saw the need. Besides, it made for a good show, encompassing dramatic conflict and lurid physical action as it did.</p><p>But contemporary theater also is fascinated by torture, well aware that torture still is practiced by many nations (including our own) and non-governmental forces (you know, rebels and the like) even though torture is outlawed by numerous international agreements as well as the constitutions of most nations staking claim to being "civilized." What fascinates contemporary theater is precisely what Medieval, Elizabethan and Jacobean theater didn't question: the moral ambiguity of it.</p><p>This is exactly the territory award-winning journalist-turned-playwright John Conroy has carved out for himself in <em>My Kind of Town</em>, a play based on the ongoing Chicago police torture scandal without actually being either a history play or a documentary drama. Fictionalized from the facts uncovered by Conroy himself more than any other individual, <em>My Kind of Town</em> isn't concerned with the guilt or innocence of Jon Burge or Richard M. Daley, or with the guilt or innocence of the central police torture victim. Rather, it's concerned—as is most contemporary drama about torture—with what kind of person becomes a torturer and who the tortured are, and if torture ever is justified.</p><p>In the play, the wife of the accused detective talks about the sort of person who "is basically good" and the sort of person who "is basically evil" and sometimes it isn't as easy as it should be to tell the difference. Take the ambiguity of the colonel in <em>A Few Good Men</em> (the role played by Jack Nicholson in the film version), who sees himself as a patriot and a frontline defender of America's freedom. The detective in Conroy's play sees himself the same way, and so does his wife for a long time.</p><p>In generally equal numbers, we have as many plays in which the torturer is vicious as plays in which the tortured is vicious. They reflect real-world situations. Answer this one yourself: Is torture acceptable if it leads to information that saves hundreds or even thousands of lives? Should we uphold statutes against torture and allow terrorism to flourish?</p><p>In the last 25 years, some of our most influential playwrights have explored the issues and personalities of torture, among them Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter (<em>One for the Road</em>, 1984), Ariel Dorfman (<em>Death and the Maiden</em>, 1990), Martin McDonagh (<em>The Pillowman</em>, 2003) and Sarah Kane (<em>Cleansed</em>, 1998). More immediately, there have been numerous theater works about real-world torture scenarios in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Bosnia.</p><p>Far beyond the context of theater, torture is an issue that will not go away. Almost everywhere it exists, it happens because higher-ups actively condone it or willfully remain in ignorance about it. Torture simply is not sustainable without complicity, and even theater does not always focus on this fundamental fact, although <em>My Kind of Town</em> makes it a central premise.</p><p>To the best of my knowledge, other animals do not torture each other. They attack, maim and kill each other in many ways and for various reasons, but they do not instinctively use pain, or the threat of it, as an instrument of compulsion. Torture, it seems, is found only among the human species, a blessing of sentience and abstract thinking.</p></p> Wed, 16 May 2012 08:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/torture-and-theater-peas-pod-99194 UN Special Rapporteur on Torture discusses setbacks in abolishing torture http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-25/segment/un-special-rapporteur-torture-discusses-setbacks-abolishing-torture <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/juan-mendez.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As a young attorney in Argentina, <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Torture/SRTorture/Pages/SRTortureIndex.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Juan Mendez</a> was arrested and tortured by the military for representing political prisoners. After being deemed a &quot;prisoner of conscious&quot; by human rights watchdog <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Amnesty International</a>, he was exiled to the U.S. He then founded <a href="http://www.hrw.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Human Rights Watch</a>&#39;s Americas program in 1982. Now Juan is the UN&#39;s Special Rapporteur on Torture. He tells <em>Worldview </em>about torture&#39;s role within various judicial systems around the world.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-25/segment/un-special-rapporteur-torture-discusses-setbacks-abolishing-torture Worldview 4.25.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-25/worldview-42512-98531 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP120423039839.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria seems like a lost cause as Assad’s troops and the opposition continue their assaults. While other options to address the conflict have been suggested, few, if any, are good ones. <em>Worldview </em>assesses the situation in Syria with Mohyeddin Kassar, president of the <a href="http://www.syrianamericansociety.org/bootstrap/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Syrian American Society</a>. Also, <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Torture/SRTorture/Pages/JuanMendez.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Juan Mendez</a>, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Mendez was himself a victim of torture under the Argentinean military dictatorship. And, Jerome and &nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Global Notes</a> contributor <a href="http://catalinamariajohnson.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Catalina Maria Johnson</a> take a look at how 1970’s punk bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash are influencing a new generation of musicians around the globe. They explore everything from punk-polka in Austria to Ukrainian gypsy music.</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-25/worldview-42512-98531 Film ‘Beneath The Blindfold’ documents the lives of torture survivors in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/film-%E2%80%98beneath-blindfold%E2%80%99-documents-lives-torture-survivors-chicago-95430 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-10/torture.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The new documentary <a href="http://www.beneaththeblindfold.org/Home.html" target="_blank"><em>Beneath the Blindfold</em></a> delves into a gritty topic that's rarely discussed: how survivors of torture struggle to rebuild their lives.</p><p>In the film, four diverse individuals - a nursing home aide from Africa, an actor from Colombia, a U.S. navy veteran from Chicago, and a physician from Guatemala - share their battle to heal the physical and psychological wounds of torture, and reclaim their dignity. These individuals represent just four of the 500,000 torture survivors who currently live in the U.S.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks to Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer, the directors of the film, about the story they are trying to tell. Dr. Mary Fabri, a psychologist and senior director at the <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/kovler/" target="_blank">Marjorie Kovler Center</a>, also provides analysis on how the effects of torture linger in our community. A part of Heartland Alliance, The Kovler Center is the pioneering torture treatment center that’s operated in Chicago for more than 25 years.</p><p><em>Beneath the Blindfold <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/beneath-blindfold" target="_blank">debuts</a> this Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film also runs next week on Thursday, January 19.</em></p></p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/film-%E2%80%98beneath-blindfold%E2%80%99-documents-lives-torture-survivors-chicago-95430 Chicago could become first city in the U.S. to oppose all forms of torture http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/chicago-could-become-first-city-us-oppose-all-forms-torture-95428 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-10/mario.png" alt="" /><p><p>This Thursday, the Chicago City Council will consider a new resolution that publicly condemns torture. If it passes, it would make Chicago the first city in the U.S. to oppose torture in all forms. Anti-torture activists say they hope the resolution will send a strong message of solidarity against a practice that, they believe, is all too routine in prisons and conflicts around the world.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks to two Chicago residents who are pushing for the resolution. Mario Venegas was tortured under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile; he's now a member of the <a href="http://illinoiscat.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Illinois Coalition Against Torture</a>. And Dr. Frank Summers is a psychologist who works with torture survivors. He's also president-elect of the division of psychoanalysis at the <a href="http://www.apa.org/" target="_blank">American Psychological Association</a>. They explain why they want Chicago to take an explicit stand against torture.</p></p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/chicago-could-become-first-city-us-oppose-all-forms-torture-95428 Worldview 1.10.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11012 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-10/460345resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A resolution that calls for an end to torture will be brought before the Chicago City Council this Thursday. If the resolution passes, it would make Chicago the first city in the U.S. to oppose all forms of torture. Local residents Mario Venagas, a Chilean torture survivor, and Dr. Frank Summers, a psychologist, discuss why this resolution matters. Later, <em>Worldview</em> takes you inside the film <a href="http://www.beneaththeblindfold.org/Home.html" target="_blank"><em>Beneath the Blindfold</em></a> with directors Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger. The film follows four survivors of political torture as they try to overcome the lasting effects of their imprisonment and reclaim their dignity. It premieres this Friday at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/strangerthanfiction2012" target="_blank">Gene Siskel Film Center</a>.</p></p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11012